‘Scapegoating Pictures’ – Gilbert & George
“No other artists today portray their own time and place with the curiosity that Gilbert & George display here. Their own lives are starkly visible, as they walk around their local streets in Spitalfiields, collecting the evidence of drug-fuelled mayhem and looking at the latest graffiti.” — Jonathan Jones (Guardian)
Scapegoating Pictures opened in July 2014 to far reaching critical acclaim. The gallery space was filled with the duo’s iconic and signature style, with bold reds and blacks especially prominent. The largest piece consisted of 156 individual frames hung as always, in a grid formation. The former being a small part of the 2500 individual pieces featured in the show.
The show was dominated by the laughing gas canister, which Gilbert and George have been collecting for many years whilst walking near their East London home. Every canister featured is unique and was found by the artists themselves. The ‘whippie’ or ‘shottie’ contains nitrous oxide and induces euphoria and hallucinations in the user, this being a juxtaposition to the bomb like form of the object itself. Many themes that are repeatedly linked with Gilbert and George’s work are clearly visible here – terrorism, hedonism, life in London, religion and the monarchy to name but a few.
A.Bliss again collaborated with Gilbert and George to deliver a huge project on time and to the high, fine art standard expected of such prominent artists. The prints were bonded to the best quality cotton rag museum board and backed to counteract bowing, thus ensuring stable and archival art works for many years to come.